Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

August hearing set for new CA chief justice

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pick to be the state’s next chief justice will go before a judicial review panel next month.

The Commission on Judicial Appointments will hold a public meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 25 in the California Supreme Court Courtroom, Fourth Floor, 350 McAllister Street, San Francisco, to consider the nomination of Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye as Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.

Last week Chief Justice Ronald George shocked legal circles with his announcement that he would not seek another term on the bench this fall and instead retire to spend more time with his family.

Rather than elevate a current member of the bench to the post, Schwarzenegger opted instead to bring aboard a new justice to oversee the seven-member bench at the Supreme Court.

George’s term will officially expire January 2, 2011. Should she be approved for the chief justice post, Cantil-Sakauye will earn $238,010.

Since 2005, Cantil-Sakauye has served as an associate justice for the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento. She is a member of the California Judicial Council and is vice chair of the Rules and Projects Committee and Judicial Recruitment and Retention Working Group.

She is also a member of the Commission on Impartial Courts, chair of the Judicial Branch Financial Accountability and Efficiency Advisory Committee and president of the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court.

A deputy district attorney for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office from 1984 to 1988, she then joined the administration of GOP Governor George Deukmejian.

In 1990 she became a a municipal court judge for the Sacramento County Municipal Court; and in 1997 she became a superior court judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court.

LGBT advocates have yet to voice any misgivings about Cantil-Sakauye or her judicial record. She is seen as a moderate pick.

The commissioners  who will vote on her next month include the chief justice, who chairs the panel;  Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, Jr.; and Presiding Justice Joan Dempsey Klein, Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Three (Los Angeles), senior presiding justice of the state Courts of Appeal.

If the nomination is confirmed, Cantil-Sakauye’s name will be placed on the November 2010 ballot for election by the voters.

Anyone wishing to testify before the commission next month must send in a written request to speak and indicate if they will be testifying in support or opposition to the nominee. They also must provide the panel a summary of the proposed testimony, the facts upon which it is based, and its relevance to the nominee’s qualifications.

All requests must be received by the commission by 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 18.  The commission’s address is:
Commission on Judicial Appointments
c/o Chief Justice of California
Supreme Court of California
350 McAllister Street
San Francisco, California 94102
Attention: Secretary to the Commission

— Matthew S. Bajko, July 22, 2010 @ 4:38 pm PST
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